Wednesday, June 19, 2013
WASHINGTON — Gov. Paul LePage blasted U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree today, accusing the Democrat of becoming "part of the jet-setting Washington culture that keeps people dependent on government handouts" and representing bureaucrats over Maine residents.
U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree and Gov. Paul LePage
In an escalation of the political tensions over Medicaid in Maine, LePage said Pingree's recent letter to President Obama's health secretary, Kathleen Sebelius, was "careless in its facts" and failed to mention that proposed cuts to Medicaid were approved by the state Legislature.
"If you would like to attack me personally, fine, but it is irresponsible and a disservice to Maine people to try and hide the facts from a [Cabinet] secretary," LePage wrote in a July 11 letter to Pingree, D-District 1.
Pingree responded Wednesday afternoon that she was representing the estimated 27,000 Mainers who stand to lose their health coverage through Medicaid if the cuts are enacted.
“I didn’t mean to be in a personal dispute with the governor but I’m not going to back down on my opinion on this," Pingree said in an interview.
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